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A Few Facts About Food

Posted by on Feb 15, 2011 in Tips | 5 comments

Broccoli contains many vitamins, as well as cancer-fighting phytochemicals, anti-estrogenic indoles, fiber, calcium and magnesium. Raisins are great source of iron, which helps blood transport oxygen to tissues and cells. Grapefruit is the best diet food; can speed up your metabolism and lower your insulin levels. Pinto Beans are excellent source of folate, which helps protect against heart disease and reduces the risk of birth defects. Apples, the pectin in apples increases satiety and therefore can help with weight loss; also a great source of vitamins and antioxidants. Arugula contains isothiocyanates which can help prevent cancers. Canola oil is a cooking oil that is very rich in the two healthiest fats: monounsaturated and omega-3 fatty acids. Celery is rich in phthalides, which are compounds that lower blood pressure and cholesterol. Cranberry juice is an amazing fruit juice which helps...

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10 Healthy Cooking Tips For You…

Posted by on Sep 21, 2010 in Cooking Tips, Tips | 15 comments

To preserve the nutrients and colors in the veggies, initially steam cook them and then fry with little oil till it is completely cooked. Use your time and your freezer wisely. When you cook once, make it last longer by preparing enough for several other meals. Freeze it and have a ready-made healthy treat for the next time you are simply too tired to bother. When browning vegetables, add them in a hot pan with little oil and then spray some on top of the vegetables. This way you can avoid using excess oil. Use fresh or frozen vegetables instead of canned and pickled vegetables which usually have a high sodium content. Generally cheese has more salt content. Try to avoid them or choose the one will with less sodium. Use herbs, spices, lemon juice, citrus zest or hot...

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Few Kitchen Cleaning Tips

Posted by on Sep 7, 2010 in Cleaning Tips, Tips | 15 comments

Here I am sharing a few kitchen cleaning tips with you. Potatoes will take food stains off your fingers. Just slice and rub raw potato on the stains and rinse with water. To clean your microwave oven, mix together 2 Tbsp. of lemon juice or vinegar and 2 cups of water in a 4 cup glass microwave safe bowl. Microwave on HIGH for two to three minutes. Carefully remove the bowl and wipe the microwave with paper towels. Repeat as necessary. For glass cooktops, there are special commercial cleaners that work well. Use them with a hard plastic scraper to remove burned-on food. Clean your glass cooktop as soon as it cools to avoid having to scrub burned food. Spread a layer of activated charcoal or fresh coffee grounds over the bottom of a cookie sheet. Place the cookie...

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Top 10 Uses of Vinegar in Kitchen

Posted by on Aug 5, 2010 in Kitchen Tips, Tips | 7 comments

Image Credit by : uberculture Flickr Clean the Drains: Pour 1/2 cup baking soda in the drain, followed by 1/2 cup vinegar,  foam will starts to come as it cleans and deodorizes. Use every few weeks to keep drains clean. Soften the tender Meat: Vinegar is always use to soften the tender meat. Just mariande the 1lb meat overnight with a tbsp of vinegar. Salty Food: If you added extra salt in your food while cooking, add a bit of vinegar. You won’t taste the vinegar and it cuts the taste of salt. Poaching eggs: When you are poaching eggs, add a tbsp of vinegar to keep the white of the egg from running. Coffee and Tea stain: Coffee and tea stains from cups can be easily  removed by cleaning with a mixture of half vinegar and half salt....

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Ten Gourmet Meals for $10 or less

Posted by on Jul 22, 2010 in Cooking Tips, Tips | Comments Off on Ten Gourmet Meals for $10 or less

Img credit : Mint I came across this interesting article in Mint website. It’s always  a big challenge when you cook a new recipe. We spend a lot of money for the ingredients we use in each dish. It usually is still cheaper than eating in a restaurant. But it’s really hard to make a  gourmet meal under $ 10 or less. Do you think you can pull it off? This article from Mint shows us how we can make 10 gourmet meals for $10 or...

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How to use Onion and Garlic for better cooking?

Posted by on Jun 10, 2010 in Cooking Tips, Tips | 6 comments

Img Credit : Woozie by Flickr When it comes to Indian cooking onion and garlic play a major role in almost every dish. These two gives some really good flavor to the dishes. I always wondered why we are using garlic paste in some recipe and chopped garlic in some recipes. Does it make difference in taste or reduce the flavor of it? I was reading an interesting article today on Lifehacker and I’ve got my answer for it. If you’re using onions or garlic or chives raw, in a dressing or salsa, either chop them just before serving or rinse the chopped pieces thoroughly. Water removes the harsh aging sulfur compounds from the cut surfaces, so you’ll taste only the fresh ones. If you’re heating garlic or onions or their relatives, then cooking whole or coarsely chopped bulbs...

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A few cooking tips for you

Posted by on May 25, 2010 in Tips | 10 comments

Sticky Okra: When we cut washed okra, it will be more sticky. To avoid this, wash your okra and leave it over night in a strainer. You can either leave it outside or refrigerate if it is too hot out there. This way you can avoid the stickiness due to washing. Ripe Bananas: Are your bananas getting ripe and you have no time to make banana bread? Then peel them and put them in a zip lock bag and freeze. You can use it later when you are free to bake. Storing Onions: Whenever I have extra cut onions I seal it in a zip lock box and refrigerate it for future use. You can also saute cut onions with a little butter and freeze it in zip lock bags and use it whenever you make soups or stews....

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Top 5 Uses of Baking soda

Posted by on May 21, 2010 in Cleaning Tips, Tips | 26 comments

Credit : RowdyKitten’s Stove top Cleaner : I always find difficult cleaning the glass stove top. Recently I tried cleaning it with baking soda and the result was pretty good. So here is the tip: sprinkle some baking soda on the stove top and pour some hot water over it. And gently cover it all over the grime and let it sit in it for 30 minutes. After that scrub clean and you will find a good result. And you didn’t spend ton of money buying expensive cleaners. Trash can or Garbage pail deodorizer : Just mix 2 tsp of eucalyptus oil with 2 cups of Baking soda. Store this mixture in a airtight plastic container. After wiping out  your Trash can or Garbage pail and it should be dry, just sprinkle 2 tbsp of  Baking soda mixture on...

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Five Useful Foodie Cooking Tips

Posted by on May 14, 2010 in Cooking Tips, Tips | 4 comments

(Img credit by calliope – flickr) How to get more juice out of a lemon? I’ve always had a hard time getting juice out of lemon which has been sitting in the fridge for a week or so. Recently my sister shared a tip for extracting more juice from lemon. It’s simple, just microwave the lemon for 10 seconds and squeeze to get juice out of it. You will be really amazed to see the amount of juice you are getting out of it. How to get a fresh look for cauliflower? If you have some cauliflower which is sitting in the fridge for more than a week and it’s starts to look dull in color. No problem, you can give a makeover to that dull looking cauliflower. When you are cooking cauliflower add a couple of wedges of...

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A few Kitchen tips for you

Posted by on May 4, 2010 in Cooking Tips, Kitchen Tips, Tips | 3 comments

How to Check the freshness of eggs? To check out if your eggs have gone bad or not, there is a simple way. Just drop the eggs in water. If it is good it will sink otherwise it will float. How to avoid bugs in your pantry? Periodic cleaning of your pantry shelves helps to prevent bugs from infesting stored food products. Drop a bay leaf in your flour canisters to get rid off bugs and free from moisture. If you find your food product infested with bugs, keep them under sun for a two to three days and sieve out the bugs. Also, exposure to cold temperatures kills them. Try to keep the food products in an air tight container and clean the containers before refilling. Is your dish too salty? If so, just add a few pieces...

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Best 5 Kitchen Cleaning tips

Posted by on Apr 29, 2010 in Kitchen Tips, Tips | 6 comments

How to Clean Burnt Pot? One of the toughest job is to clean the burnt pot. In fact, I just recently experienced it. I was heating oil to fry some papads and I totally forgot it and started working on the computer. The vessel started burning and then I realized and ran into the kitchen. Finally I cleared all the mess but it was too difficult for me to clean up the pot. Seriously I’ve soaked it in soap water for a week. No luck. One of my friends  shared this tip with me and my pot is clean now. Here is the tip, Boil some water in your burnt  pot with some stalks of rhubarb and after that bring into a complete boil. After 2-3 minutes remove from heat let it cool and Voila the stains will be...

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Spring Clean Your Pantry and Find Kitchen Treasures

Posted by on Apr 3, 2010 in Kitchen Tips, Tips | 2 comments

(Image credit “Pantry Girl“) I always have a hard time cleaning my pantry. I totally get confused what to throw away and what to keep? Whenever I try a new recipe I buy some ingredients which I couldn’t use for other recipes. And it sits in my pantry for a very long time . And when I do my spring cleaning I always have a hard time figuring out  what to do  with those stuff sitting there for a long time. I came across this interesting article which I’ve found very useful and totally agree with it. “Treasure in your pantry : Spring Clean Kitchen and save”. Hope you guys find this article helpful like I...

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Few healthy tips for today

Posted by on Dec 5, 2008 in Cooking Tips, Tips | 3 comments

Now a days most of us have become diet conscious and concerned about body weight and health. Today, I would like to share a few tips with that I know. It may help you to consume less calories and improve your health. Rice: Instead of steam cooking the rice, add raw rice to boiling water (measurement- 1:2 ½), wait till the rice is cooked and drain the starch (excess water). This way you will consume less carbohydrate. This is just like in the olden days. Papad/Indian flatbread: Try to make papad in oven which will be tasty and oil free. Microwave the papad for 1 minute. Almonds: Soak about 4 to 5 almonds in water overnight and eat it early in the morning. They are a good source of protein and are high in antioxidants, magnesium, potassium, calcium, iron...

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Useful Veggie Tidbits

Posted by on Nov 10, 2008 in Cooking Tips, Tips | Comments Off on Useful Veggie Tidbits

There are many ways to cut and cook the vegetables. Each and everyone of us have our own way of cooking. I would like to share some of the easy methods I know. Onions: To avoid watery eyes, peel the onion and cut into two. Keep it refrigerated for few hours before cutting. Or just rinse it with water after you cut onions into half. Lemon: If the lemon or lime is hard, put it in warm water for 5-10 minutes to make it easier to squeeze. Potato: Don’t store potatoes and onions together. Potatoes will rot quickly if stored with onions. Bitter Gourd: To get rid of the bitterness in bitter gourd to an extent, soak the cut pieces of bitter gourd in salt water for 2 hours. (ex: 2 tsp of salt in ½ liter of water)....

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How to Make Veggies Last Longer?

Posted by on Nov 9, 2008 in Kitchen Tips, Tips | Comments Off on How to Make Veggies Last Longer?

It’s always a difficult job to keep the vegetables fresh and use it properly. Sometimes we forget about the  vegetables that are sitting in our fridge for a  long time.  To avoid this and make use of the vegetables properly, here are a few tips that I follow : Green chilies : Don’t put the green chilies just like that in the fridge. To keep them fresh for a long time remove the stems and put it in a ziplock bag or in some storage box. Carrots: Cover the carrots with a damp cloth and put it in fridge. It will be fresh for three weeks. Cilantro : Cilantro has to be one of the common one to go bad before you get to use it all. To kep them fresh I store them in a salad container so...

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